really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,741 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Aug 292015


  • 110,000 miles


While traveling a major interstate highway to work, I began to merge onto the exit ramp. While downshifting my manual transmission, the clutch suddenly lost tension and went through the floor. I had to coast down the exit ramp, coast along another road before pulling into a parking space. When I looked under the hood to see what happened, I realized that the clutch had come loose from and broken through the firewall. I was fortunate not to have had an accident when this happened.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #36

Nov 242015


  • 90,000 miles
Interior door handle has broken on both the driver side door and front passenger door. This happened on 2 separate occasions while trying to open the door to get out while parked. The drivers side entire door had to be replaced by the dealership. The passenger door has not been fixed yet.

- Berwick, PA, USA

problem #35

Feb 262016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While stopped at a stop sign, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. As a result, the bumper became slightly detached from the vehicle. The contact looked at the area of the vehicle where the bumper needed to be re-attached and noticed that the metal inner bumper was severely rusted. When touching the inner bumper, it immediately disintegrated. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle had not been diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #34

May 222015


  • 13,011 miles


I parked my vehicle ay home, and when I went to get out, the inside door handle broke right off. The only way to get out was to roll down the electric window and reach out to the outside door handle. From some research I did this breaking off is a common problem. What I was concerned about if for some reason like an accident I couldn't get the window down, I would be stuck in the vehicle.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #33

Jan 152007


  • 10,000 miles
The car has had the A/C fan motor replaced at least 4 times, each time it was damaged by a water leak. The dealership replaced motor once while under warranty but stated they could not find/fix the leak. This was a lie because it is a common problem with the butyl patch, easily found in the most basic internet search. The door handles are made of the cheapest plastic, driver's side interior door handle broke off. There is water leaking into the rear driver's side floorboard with no cause yet found. The worst part of this is the Chevrolet dealership where I purchased the vehicle not completely fixing the leak problem during the warranty period, then charging me to fix it again after the warranty had expired. Now I can't even get them to return my phone calls regarding the recall repairs they are required to do.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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problem #32

Mar 042015

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Front and rear bumpers are peeling bad. No other part of car is doing so.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #31

Sep 242009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


A lady ran a red light on springridge rd just South of jackson Ms. Wife was driving across springridge rd. The lady failed to yield and struck wife in drivers side totaling three cars in the process wife was severely injured (11 days in hospital) no airbag was deployed during accident. Still working on full recovery.

- Raymond, MS, USA

problem #30

Nov 092012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Contact reported that door locks would not operate with key fob nor when activating the door lock switches on the door. Took vehicle to two different dealers trying to get the ignition recall fixed which took a total of four visits. While car was in for recall, addressed an unrelated electrical solenoid problem and asked the dealer to look at the door lock issue. Dealer notified owner that passenger door and rear seat left and right door lock actuators had failed (3 of 4 total). Asked dealer if they had seen this unusual condition on any other HHR's and they said no. Showed them the 30+ issues logged on this site and they only commented that the HHR was not the best GM product ever built but there was no dealer fix for this issue. Contact was advised that it would be $340 per door to fix and service was declined (after $80 diagnostic charge to verify that door locks did not work).

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #29

Jul 022014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 138,765 miles
At a red light and was rear ended which cause me to it the rear end of the car in front of me.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #28

May 082008

HHR 4-cyl

  • 300,000 miles
Air bag light come on in the passage set when know one in the set.the steering made funny popping noise. An all the door handle broke where you could not get out of the auto. And the car show on car fax that it is a buy back auto. But GM say it not. And one of the handle is breaking on the driver side. And I can not sale it because it show as a buy back.tdmv say it was and then they change there mind. I fill like someone at GM pay them off. I know this has been a long time but I still have the car. And I am still looking for help.I will keep a copy for my record.

- Wharton, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 122012


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that water was leaking into the vehicle from the windshield. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the computer board had become wet. The technician was not able to specifically determine the failure that allowed the water to enter the vehicle however, there were repairs made to the computer board. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current was 50,000.

- Gulf Shores, AL, USA

problem #26

Dec 032007

HHR 4-cyl

  • 33,837 miles
We have had several problems with our HHR since we bought it in August of 2007. The first problem occurred just after purchasing it, when we were driving it out on a highway for a first time outing with it, when I noticed the front wheels seemed to be floating back and forth. I slowed down and immediately took it home. We contacted our local dealer, and had the car brought in to be checked out. We were told the front bushings were bad & needed replacing. The dealer replaced the bushings. (under warranty) in September of 2007, we had to replace our cars remote control, even though it was only 1 years old. Our dealer replaced it but we had to pay $81.82 out of our pocket. October 2007, I brought our car into our dealer because it had a rough ride and groaning sounds. The dealer looked at it and said the sound was coming from the steering column. They replaced our steering column under warranty. December of 2007 my wife, mother & I went to a christmas light parade in our town; when we got home I turned off the ignition & when I attempted to remove the key, it would not come out. That Monday I called our local dealer & they had us bring in the car on 12/3/07. They reported that there was no power to the inter lock2 and a fuse had brown. They found that a wire harness was pinched under the column cover & repaired the harness (under warranty) January 29,2008 I brought our 2006 HHR into our dealer again complaining about squeaking and popping noise with clunking in left front. They said they heard noise from stabilizer links pivot joint at link tires miss-matched. They replaced both stabilizers links under warranty. Continued on next report

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #25

Nov 012013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
In 2010 the inside door handle on the drivers side of my HHR broke and fell down inside the door. The only way to open the door is to open the window and open the door from the outside. I had the it replaced at coughlin Chevrolet dealership in circleville Ohio.. in November of 2013, the door latches broke on the front drivers side and the passingers side. If we use the car we have to drive with the windows down so that we could get out if. The dealership told me that this is common on HHR.. if an accident happen, we could be trapped in the car. There should be a recall on this.

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #24

Apr 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I was driving in the right lane going westbound approaching a stop light when I applied my brakes it did not slow down, I pressed the brake hard an car kept going into the rear of a truck that was stopping at the light. My car was not stopping. Like it had no control. The airbags did not deploy. Im concerned that the ignition turned off when I went over some pot holes in the road. My car is one of the vehicles on the recall list for the ignition switch, I had replaced ignition switch months ago due to same problem. What are my options to get this problem resolved?

- Vallejo , CA, USA

problem #23

May 142013


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that he attempted to exit the vehicle but the interior driver's door handle fractured in his hand. Thee vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the door panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred with the remaining three doors. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Lakewood, FL, USA

problem #22

Mar 182011


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that he attempted to exit the vehicle but the door handle fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the door handle assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Pearlington, MS, USA

problem #21

Apr 152012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger's side door handles were fractured. The dealer was made aware of the failure and stated that the door panel on both doors would have to be replaced. Additionally, the vehicle stalled while driving approximately 20 mph. The contact also experienced difficulty steering on another occasion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #20

Aug 012013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that both passenger and driver side interior door handles had become fractured. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer or a local mechanic for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 242013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver's side interior door handle detached completely. The dealer informed the contact that the entire front driver's side door panel would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #18

May 072013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The car was furnished with two remotes. The first one quit working 4-years ago. The second remote works sometimes and sometimes not. You just never know when. A new battery did not solve the problem with either remote.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

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